Traditional water bodies and urban resilience: a historical perspective from Bengaluru, India

Unnikrishnan, Hita and Sen, Sreerupa and Nagendra, Harini (2017) Traditional water bodies and urban resilience: a historical perspective from Bengaluru, India. Water History, 9 (4). pp. 453-477. ISSN 1877-7236

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Abstract

Resilience of a city is a measure of its ability to retain or adapt form and function in the possibility of change. This is particularly true of urban water security in a water scarce world. One component of urban water resilience is that provided by historical and traditional water sources such as lakes, ponds, and stepwells. Unfortunately, as cities lose dependence on these formerly important water bodies, they stand neglected and vulnerable to various threats. This paper makes a case for returning to historical reasons for use and disuse of these water bodies in order to conserve them in the contemporary period. We adopt a geospatial–historical–ethnographic approach to understanding these transformations within the south Indian city of Bengaluru and argue that alienation of communities and lack of inclusivity are the main reasons for their decline. This poses serious implications for prevalent notions of ecosystem stewardship and ultimately for the resilience of the landscape.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resilience,Open wells,Lakes, Bengaluru,Urban,History
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Life sciences; biology > Ecology
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Development
Depositing User: Library APU
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 09:46
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2018 03:57
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/41
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1007/s12685-017-0199-9

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